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Rhapsody Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19: 1. Lento - Allegro moderato
  2. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19: 2. Allegro scherzando
  3. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19: 3. Andante
  4. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19: 4. Allegro mosso
  5. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  6. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation No. 18
  7. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119: 1. Andante grave - Moderato animato
  8. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119: 2. Moderato - Andante dolce - Moderato
  9. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119: 3. Allegro non troppo - Meno mosso - Allegro non troppo


Product Details

  • Performer: Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capucon
  • Conductor: Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capucon
  • Composer: Prokofiev Cello Sonatas, Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B000LPRNVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Five BEAUTIFUL Stars!!! On the CD "Rhapsody", award-winning classical stars play beautiful 20th Century piano/cello rhapsodies by two Russian master composers and two adaptations. Gautier Capuçon the brilliant cello virtuoso, who comes armed with two cellos, and Gabriela Montero the acclaimed piano virtuoso, known for her classical music improvisational prowess, meld their talents to form an imposing and dynamic classical music duo, as they deliver stunningly beautiful renditions of music by Sergey Prokofiev and Sergey Rachmaninov. Kudos to the legendary Martha Argerich who suggested this amazing partnership.

Rachmaninov's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 19 is highly enjoyable. The Andante movement in particular is marvelous, while the Allegro Scherzando is brisker in the fast parts than I have heard but it works because of the duo's teamwork and musicianship. The refrain is jaunty, and the slow part is well nuanced. For the first time in my experience, the Andante, a thing of pure breathtaking beauty, takes the cake as the best movement during this performance: i just keep playing it over and over. But the Allegro Mosso is also a gem. Two additonal pieces from Rachmaninov are a great version of "Vocalise", which is another brisker performance which ultimately is plaintive and haunting, and a beautiful 3:47 sliver of a transcription for the piano and cello from Rachmaninov's Opus 18 variation on Paganini's own Opus 43 (which went straight to my iPod) and they acquit themselves very well in both cases, as these transcription ventures can sometimes be risky.

The genius of Prokofiev is on full display in his Cello Sonata written for the formidable master cellist Mistislav Rostropovich and dedicated to a close friend.
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RHAPSODY is exactly what happens on this recording when the likes of Gabriela Montero, the Venezuelan protégé of Martha Argerich and specialist in improvisation, joins the handsome and enormously gifted young French cellist Gautier Capuçon. Sparks fly and passion rolls as they collaborate on four works that though different in structure manage to make for an intensely fascinating recital.

The opening work is the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, a work as soaringly romantic as any in the literature. Capuçon makes it breathe and his responses to Montero's presence allow us to hear the inner lines of this piece as never heard before. This successful performance is followed by two little excerpts that would make terrific encores for recitals should these two take their show on the road The Rachmaninov 'Vocalise' is a melody much loved by sopranos in recitals, but hear the cello sings - and the melody is even more beautiful than the vocal version (or the orchestral version!). And again in the Variation No 18 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (another beloved Rachmaninov melody) both Capuçon and Montero play it from the heart.

Lest the listener wonders if these two dynamic musicians are not interested in pyrotechnics, the recital/recording closes with Prokofiev's Cello Sonata and it is brilliant. This is one of those recordings that is right for any mood and any time of the day. It is a Rhapsody - 'an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling' - and melody doesn't get much more enriching than here. Grady Harp, June 11
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Gautier Capucon is the most special cellist of his generation. His collaboration with Gabriela Montero is a very life changing experience captured on recording. He's lucky to have a pianist that can just about do anything that they agree to do. The old school notion of a piano accompanist needs to player "softer" and find better balance is nonsense! These two take artistic risks that bring the music larger than life.
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Capucon and Montero are among the top young performers. Here they bring the youthful zest that's refreshing for these two sonatas and that makes them truly rhapsodies. A formidible comparasion would be the recording of Rostropovich and Richter premiering the Prokofiev Cello & Piano Sonata. Do those two giants provide a better performance? I would say they provide a wonderful, perhaps more mature take that sounds a bit more Russian and Prokofievian than these younger players, but Capucon and Montero simply make different music which is aptly labelled rhapsodic.
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This CD is what you get when you bring together two uninhibited solo performers. They both dazzle with large
dynamics and expression. It is a refreshing interpretation to hear both performers playing nearly as a solo, while
still playing as an ensemble. You finally get to hear the deep complexities penned for each instrument, and hear
two great performers instead. This is not simply a piano accompanying a cello - no this is two dashing and very
capable soloists playing side by side with all the raw gusto and emotion they are known for.
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